Director Luke Lorentzen, Country USA, Duration 81, Awards Sundance Film Festival (Winner: Special Jury Award for Cinematography (U.S. Documentary Competition 2019), CPH-DOX, Sheffield International Documentary Film Festival (Winner: Grand Jury Award), Hot Docs, Hong Kong International Film Festival (Winner: Best Documentary), Guadalajara International Film Festival (Winner: Best Documentary),
The Ochoa family careen across Mexico City in pursuit of accidents and crime scenes. Soaked in the red and blue lights of their private ambulance’s sirens, the family must dodge the police and navigate standstill traffic while racing their competitors to the incident. In a city that operates less than 45 government-run ambulances for the city’s population of 9 million, the for-profit first responders provide a crucial stop-gap for the critically injured patients that they care for. Midnight Family invites us along for the ride as the family grapple with the financial stresses and moral dilemmas of offering a vital service within a broken system.
“Luke Lorentzen graduated from Stanford University in art history and film studies. His short film Santa Cruz del Islote(2014) won awards at over 10 international film festivals. His first feature documentary New York Cuts(2015) had its world premiere at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam and its U.S. premiere at the Camden International Film Festival.”